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The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952)

TV-PG | | Western | 16 May 1952 (USA)
Trapped in a snowbound mountain cabin, an assortment of travelers receives the unwelcome visit of a wanted outlaw.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Bret Harte (story), Edmund H. North
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anne Baxter ... Cal Ryker
Dale Robertson ... John Oakhurst
Miriam Hopkins ... Mrs. Shipton aka 'The Duchess'
Cameron Mitchell ... Ryker
Craig Hill ... Tom Dakin
Barbara Bates ... Piney Wilson
William H. Lynn William H. Lynn ... Jake Watterson (as Billy Lynn)
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Drunk
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A murderous western outlaw, his wife, a disgraced gambler and a faded dance hall floozie and a few other socially undesirable characters are trapped in a snowbound mountain cabin. As the chances for rescue fade, the true natures of the cabin's occupants rise to the surface.

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Bret Harte's brawling epic of the frontier !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frau des Banditen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Cal: I thought gamblers were supposed to be gentlemen.
John Oakhurst: Supposed to be. Actually, they're just gamblers.
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Overwrought, But Decent.
31 December 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flats" is one of his two best known stories (the other is "Luck of Roaring Camp") and while his reputation has receded over the past century, his humanism and warmth towards the unlikely inhabitants of Gold-Rush California are worth remembering and enjoying. But while the story and performances in this version are good, director Joseph Newman -- who got his start doing "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts for MGM -- never quite got over the need to drive every point through with a stake. So Joseph Lashelle's beautiful photography is over the top, the music by Lionel Newman -- no relation -- is overwrought and so forth. The result is a decent film, but the melodrama tends to overwhelm the characters.


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